The 1994 musical Passion--with a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine--was an adaptation of the 1981 Italian film Passione d'Amore, about a sickly, unattractive woman who fixates on a handsome soldier in 19th Century Italy and wills him to love her back.
I loved the movie because th ... More >>
It's neck and neck between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Actress Oscar, and in hopes of deciding which of them will get it--to avoid a hideous embarrassment like last year--I'm going to lay out all their individual pros and cons.
She's very strong in ... More >>
Meredith Vieira was delightful as the MC of last night's National Board of Review awards at Cipriani. She kept things zingy, and after Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli took the stage for a tribute to 50 years of Bond films, Vieira quipped, "So James Bond is 50 and he still looks good. I'm 59 and I ... More >>
Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up.
Here are some of the frontrunners for nomination consideration, who will suddenly feel much better if they're announced among the chosen this Thursday.
Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (above). The French favo ... More >>
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate).
1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
2--S ... More >>
A well made play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from Henry James' 1880 novel Washington Square, The Heiress is back in a sturdy if not revelatory production.
The play was last on Broadway in 1995, in a stunning revival starring Cherry Jones as Catherine Sloper, the shy plain Jane who's awakene ... More >>
It's never too soon to start guessing Oscar nominations, so I've done some exhaustive research--like talking to one friend in the biz, as well as plumbing the depths of my own usually-semi-right instincts--and decided that the five nominees will probably come from these seven bigshots:
Marion Coti ... More >>
Jessica Chastain is not only an acclaimed actress, she's quite beautiful, so I was stunned to hear her tell the TimesTalk audience last night about her shaky reception when she first went on auditions in L.A.
"Many people didn't know what Juilliard was," she said, "or didn't care about my theatrica ... More >>
At a BoConcept dinner at Chateau Chang last night, I met Dany Wolf, who executive produced Lawless, the period drama about a bootlegging gang.
On command, Wolf graciously gave me some insight into the all-star shooting.
"Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy showed up on the set looking bigger ... More >>
As a major festival like Cannes wears on, my notebook accumulates more
scrawl than I can translate into full blog posts. So, behold! The first
of likely several notebook dumps, with thoughts on John Hillcoat's
bootleggers-with-hearts-of-gold vs. sexually-ambiguous-evil-fed and
weak-ass local law ... More >>
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline.
(Ranked in descending order of likelihood)
5--Mo ... More >>
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein.
Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
I think that sounds nicer than "omnipresent," since it's not her fault that every movie she's ever done seems to be coming out all at once.
She's Jessica Chastain, the 31-year-old beauty who's showing her range--and incredible aptitude for achievement--in the following 2011 films: